Middle of the Pack

1 decade 7 months 1 week ago Friday, November 16 2007 Nov 16, 2007 Friday, November 16, 2007 1:55:52 AM CST November 16, 2007 in News
According to the report, Missouri ranks 30th in the nation for animal protection laws. The report cites Missouri's lax dog fighting laws and an unclear legal definition of "minimal care standards" for animals as reasons for its mid-range ranking.

Animal control officers see the animal cruelty that these laws are supposed to prevent on a daily basis.

"We get at least one call a day regarding animal cruelty," says Molly Aust, a senior animal control officer in Columbia. "Some of those calls are justified and some are not. But they are people who've seen an animal maybe tied out in the front yard without shelter and they're concerned about it."

In one instance, animal control officer Debbie Christoff found very little water when investigating a reported case of animal cruelty. The dog was in the backyard chained and without shelter or food. The owner wasn't home.

After animal control rescues an animal from a cruel situation, the officer brings it back to the humane society. There, the animal will recieve food, water, shelter, and a veterinary check-up.

The report's author names Kansas and Hawaii as two examples of states that have greatly improved their laws since last years report.

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